'''John Wilkins''' Royal Society|FRS
(14 February 1614
– 19 November 1672) was an Anglican ministry|Anglican clergyman
, natural philosophy|natural philosopher
and author, and was one of the founders of the Royal Society
. He was Bishop of Chester
from 1668 until his death.
Wilkins is one of the few persons to have headed a college at both the University of Oxford
and the University of Cambridge
. He was a polymath
, although not one of the most important scientific innovators of the period. His personal qualities were brought out, and obvious to his contemporaries, in reducing political tension in English Interregnum|Interregnum
Oxford, in founding the Royal Society on non-partisan lines, and in efforts to reach out to religious nonconformist
s. He was one of the founders of the new natural theology
compatible with the science of the time.
[Alister E. McGrath, ''A Scientific... ]